2.0 and GCJ 4

Just got a thank you email from Richard Stallman about our progress with OpenOffice 2.0 and GCJ 4 for both communities. The FSF has also updated the text at to better reflect our current status:

Volunteers needed to build, test and package free OpenOffice 2.0

The FSF is looking for volunteers to build, test and packagefully free versions of OpenOffice 2.0 that use GCJ as a replacement for the non-free Java platform. OpenOffice and GCJ hackers have worked hard to make sure that all the new features of the next version of OpenOffice 2.0 written in the java programming language will build and run with GCJ, the GNU Compiler for java part of GCC 4.0. This support was just very recently added to GCJ and OpenOffice and does not yet work completely out of the box. OpenOffice 2.0 is not finished yet, but beta versions are available. We want to make sure that when OpenOffice 2.0 final is released everything builds and runs out of the box with GCC 4.0 for all Free Software users.

Please write to for a list of bugs, patches and feature requests needed for better support and instructions for testing and reporting bugs to the GCJ and OpenOffice teams.

Thanks to all involved! Lets work together from here to make both OpenOffice 2.0 and GCJ 4 rock. If you haven’t tried out these new programs together please try and help us improve them.